Webcasts Related to the Near East Section
Various Years: Vardanants Day Armenian Lecture Series
April 12, 2018
History of the Arabic Press in the U.S.
Edmund Ghareeb discusses the history of the Arabic press in the United States.
April 4, 2018
Popular Iranian Cinema Before the Revolution
Pedram Partovi discusses popular Iranian cinema before that country's Islamic revolution.
March 13, 2018
Snapshots of Ottoman Women in Court Records
Betül Basaran discussed views of Ottoman women via contemporary court records.
November 17, 2017
Mapping a Persian Literary Sphere, 1500-1900
In this presentation Kevin Schwartz uses tazkirahs -- authoritative collections of Persian literary works -- to map divergent conceptualizations of the world of Persian literary culture. By connecting tazkirahs to one another through their geographically and historically diverse use of documented sources and methods of cataloguing and classification, Schwartz shines light on how different individuals demarcated the conceptual and geographic boundaries of the nineteenth century Persianate world and shows the hidden value of the tazkirah genre as a historical source for documenting the intellectual, social, and cultural life in the wider Persianate world.
November 16, 2017
Tracking the Provenance of Printing in Afghanistan (1871-78)
Elham Bakhtary investigated the lithographs' literary influences and argued that the lithographs espoused a unique ethno-Islamic ideology that challenged the substance of Islamic revivalism in India, but also employed the latter's technological and discursive methods in doing so. The lecture concluded with how this similarity suggests that ideas and print technology in South Asia traveled along similar itineraries in the 19th century.
October 19, 2017
The Genesis of Print in Afghanistan During the Reign of Amir Sher Ali Khan
Elham Bakhtary discussed the genesis of print in Afghanistan during the reign of Amir Sher Ali Khan (1871-77)
October 12, 2017
When in the Arab World
Rana F. Nejem discusses her book, "When in the Arab World: An Insider's Guide to Living & Working with Arab Culture."
September, 20, 2017
Life of Laura Clifford Dreyfus-Barney
Mona Khademi offered a glimpse into the life of Laura Clifford Dreyfus-Barney and her connections with Iran and Iranians.
September 9, 2017
The Life & Antecedents of a Peripatetic Persian: Culture and Society in the Last Years of the Qajar Dynasty
Fereydoun Ala discusses culture and society in the last years of Persia's Qajar dynasty (1785 to 1925).
July 11, 2017
Persian Manuscripts in India: Collections, Collectors & Their Future
Chander Shekhar spoke about the Persian manuscript tradition from India.
June 7, 2017
From Oxus to Euphrates: Sasanian Empire Symposium
Several experts participated in an all-day symposium on the legacy of the ancient Persian Sasanian empire (224-651 A.D.). The Sasanians ruled a large empire in Central and Western Asia, stretching from the Oxus River to the Euphrates and from the Hindukush to Eastern Arabia, for over 400 years (224-651 B.C.). Known as Iranshahr (the Domain of Iran), it was a powerful empire that engendered much of what came to be known as the Iranian culture in the medieval and modern periods.
May 4, 2017
Never Tell An Arab Poet Not To Write
Waed Athamneh discussed her book "Modern Arabic Poetry" about the impact of past and contemporary Middle Eastern politics on its poetry.
April 11, 2017
Kamal al Mulk & the Invention of the Modern Iranian Landscape
Layla Diba spoke about Kamal al Mulk, Iran's first modern painter in the 19th century Qajar dynasty and the modernizing trends in Iranian contemporary painting tradition.
April 27, 2017
The Economic Transition that Tunisia's Democratic Transition Deserves
Stephen J. King discussed his research on Tunisia's economy during its democratic transition.
April 13, 2017
The Poetry of Jawdat Haydar in a Transnational Framework
Carol Fadda discussed her research on Arab American literature and cultures, critical race and ethnic studies, transnational and diaspora studies.
April 6, 2017
Islam: Facts & Fictions
Chase Robinson discussed his work on the history of Islamic civilization.
March 30, 2017
Discovery of the Secret of the Great Pyramid & the Tomb of Tutankhamun
Mamdouh Eldamaty discusses his exploration of the tomb of Tutankhamun, a research venture supported by the Egyptian Ministry of Antiquities.
March 15, 2017
Pomegranates & Saffron: A Culinary Journey to Azerbaijan
Author and food blogger Feride Buyuran discussed her book, "Pomegranates and Saffron," the first comprehensive cookbook on Azerbaijani cuisine published in the U.S. The book contains recipes of traditional and modern Azerbaijani dishes including appetizers and salads, soups and stews, vegetarian dishes, pasta dishes, and desserts, all adapted for preparation in a Western kitchen.
February 21, 2017
Islamic Architecture & Its Relevance to Human Daily Needs
Heba Abdelnabi from the University of Alexandria, Egypt discussed her work in Islamic architecture. Event cosponsored by the Egyptian Embassy's Cultural and Educational Affairs Office.
February 15, 2017
Business & Entrepreneurship in Saudi Arabia
Edward Burton discussed his work with the American and Saudi public and private sectors to promote the interests of U.S.-Saudi Arabian bilateral relationships.
January 25, 2017
Icons of the Coptic Church
Evelyn Rophael gives a presentation about the 2,000 year history of Christian icons of Egypt, including her own experience as a Coptic iconographer.